Demand for Blue Badge spaces grows

Friday, August 30, 2019

There is an estimated 30 Blue Badge holders for every council-owned disabled parking space. 


Currently over two million people own a Blue Badge in Great Britain. However, with the scheme now being extended to people with hidden disabilities, Blue Badge spaces are going to be in even higher demand.


Despite this, 74% of councils don't have any current plans to create more parking spaces, research from has found.


Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at, said: “Clearly more parking for Blue Badge holders is needed – 30 drivers to one space is quite a challenge. It’s no wonder some of these drivers have had to park elsewhere. And the number of people competing for spaces is only going to grow as more people can apply for a Blue Badge now.


“Drivers who misuse these spaces are making the problem even worse. They should be more respectful and leave them free for those who need them." also conducted a survey of 2,000 UK drivers, which found that 48% of people believe that allowing drivers with hidden disabilities to claim a Blue Badge is a positive move. 


However, 30% think that councils should be creating more spaces to compensate, while 25% of respondents who currently have a Blue Badge, or drive someone who has, are worried that they won’t be able to find a disabled space because of the increase in the number of people eligible for the scheme.


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